Winter is coming but so is the flu vaccine.
Flu, or influenza to give it its full name, is a virus that affects everyone, all year round. Yet there are always more cases in winter and young children are more at risk from it. That’s why in early autumn there is a flu vaccine programme in Wales.
Who can get this flu vaccine?
Children that are 6 months of age with a long term health conditions will be offered the flu jab via injection. Yet all children aged 2 to 8 (age on 31st August 2017) will be offered the flu vaccine via a nasal spray rather than an injection.
Children aged between 4 and 8 will be offered the nasal flu vaccine in school. Your school will send information and consent forms if they haven’t done so already. If you home school your child, you will need to contact your GP for this vaccine.
If your child is 2 or 3 it is usually done at your doctors. Check your child’s eligibility here if you’re not sure.
Flu vaccines are very safe and have been in use around the world over the last 10 years. Some children do however experience side effects including headaches and tiredness. It’s always your decision but the impact of influenza on young people outweighs the side effects.
Vaccination also helps stop the spread of the flu to other members of your family. If you have any concerns, speak with your GP, health visitor or practice nurse. You can also visit beatflu.org. Also check Beat Flu on Facebook and Twitter (@BeatFlu).
Cover image: Beat Flu’s Facebook page
If there are any other problems your family is having, then call our advisors on the FamilyPoint Cymru helpline. The helpline is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. They can help you to find organisations that can help.